The Gary Grant designed Norseman 400 is one of the largest 40-foot sailboats we’ve ever boarded. Few vessels of this size combine excellent sailing performance with two comfortable staterooms, a spacious galley and salon and ample storage space with such efficiency. She features excellent sailing performance, a low-maintenance exterior and elegant varnished teak interior, and her construction, systems and equipment are all of the highest quality.
Royal Venture is an ideal Pacific cruising vessel that will provide a safe and comfortable cruising platform for a couple or family. She benefits from minimal exterior wood (only the cabintop handrails) and a white LPU painted hull that shows glossy and clean. Her interior teak woodwork is free of water damage, which degrades so many of these boats. Her canvas is in very good condition. Royal Venture is a two stateroom version with a large separate shower stall in the head and a very large cockpit lazarette to port. Unlike most of her sisterships, she has a traditional forward facing navigation station, which will be more functional at sea. Steering and sailing performance are improved over the standard N400 with a custom balanced spade rudder with roller bearings.
“Descriptions of yachts are like those blind dates - you often learn more from what you aren't told. If, for example, you hear that the yacht has a wonderful interior, then you usually can be assured that she is so fat and tubby she can barely move. On the other hand, a so-called 'high performance cruiser' often means good speed but a dark cramped interior.
The problem with the Norseman 400 (and a pleasant problem, indeed) is to decide how to describe a yacht with fine attributes all-round. From a sailing standpoint, I can't find a fault: she sails magnificently in heavy as well as light breezes. The interior is open, airy and perfectly laid out for both offshore work and dockside living. And the builders have obviously spent a considerable amount of time thinking about all of the little details that make an exceptional yacht. Perhaps you've already broken the code: I liked this yacht.” – Chris Caswell, Yachting Magazine review July, 1987
May 2015 survey available by request.
The Norseman 400 is a very well-conceived and executed cruising vessel. After examining her modern lines and deck layout, one is surprised to find such a spacious and elegant interior. Her builder, Shing Shang is located adjacent the renowned Ta Shing yard and workmanship is similar to the Mason and Taswell lines of sailboats.
"Royal Venture" is one of the roomiest 40 footers we’ve seen, with a spacious salon, well-appointed galley, two comfortable staterooms and ample storage space. Her interior is finished in teak with generous use of solid wood in louvered locker doors and trim. Her cabin sole is teak and headliner is white laminate with teak trim. Hull ceilings are trimmed with teak battens. Solid handholds and laminated teak fiddles and doorframes create a feeling of comfort in the strength of her construction. Reading spot lights are located throughout and teak framed Alpenglow compact florescant lights are surface mounted in each space on the overhead.
Starting forward is the master stateroom with V-berth. There is ample storage space in lockers outboard along the hull side, drawers beneath the berth and aft to starboard. An opening hatch and one opening port in the hull side provide ventilation.
The head and shower are next aft to port. The head compartment is finished in easily maintained white molded fiberglass with white laminate and teak trim. A shower stall is aft with its own door to the salon. A smoked acrylic door separates the shower from the head. There's an adjustable height shower wand mounted on the forward bulkhead. A double door storage locker is outboard, beneath the deck edge. The head is located at the forward end of the compartment facing aft. Another door, inboard leads to the forward cabin. There are a number of lockers outboard and beneath the sink including a teak-trimmed mirror door medicine cabinet above the sink. The stainless steel oval sink is fitted with a single lever faucet and manual foot pump (with a dedicated faucet). A deck prism, hull side port, and small overhead hatch help ventilate and illuminate this space.
"Royal Venture's" comfortable salon is made more spacious by large fixed coachoof windows and two opening hull side ports. To port is a U-shaped dinette with finely constructed teak table with drop leaves and removable fiddles. There is a straight settee to starboard. The upholstery is a tasteful blue fabric. The seat bottom and back cushions are sculpted for comfort. Extensive lockers outboard of the settees to port and starboard provide excellent storage space.
Aft and to starboard in the salon is the forward facing nav station. There is a large nav table and good access to "Royal Venture's" instrumentation. The table lifts to reveal storage below and there is additional storage forward below the chart table in two drawers and outboard of the bench seat. Navigation and communications electronics and electrical system breakers, meters, and controls are flush mounted in a cabinet outboard, beneath the deck edge.
"Royal Venture's" J-shaped galley is as big as one might conceive on a boat 45 feet or larger. Finished in white laminate with white laminate counters and teak trim and locker doors, the space is easily wiped down. A tall teak fiddle surrounds the large counter space. At the aft outboard end of the counter is the top loading access to the fridge and freezer compartments – there is also a front loading access to the fridge. There are a number of large lockers above and outboard – perfect for pantry and dish storage. Proceeding forward a bank of four drawers is beneath the counter while a knife block and cupboards are above the counter. The four burner stove is next forward, a stainless crash bar running across the inboard end. There is a locker for pots and pans beneath the stove. Forward and outboard there is a dry storage locker beneath the counter, a large double door locker above the counter. A deep double stainless steel sink with fresh and salt water foot pumps, hot/cold pressure water, filtered water and soap dispenser is forward. There is a large locker beneath the sink. An elegantly curved peninsula counter is inboard. A hinge-out trash bin is located inside the aft curved door while a spirits locker with acrylic bottle and glass holders is inside the forward curved door.
Aft and to starboard is the guest stateroom with quarterberth. There is a tall hanging locker and three drawers outboard and forward of the berth. Additional lockers are above and aft of berth.
12v air cooled refrigeration compressor and holding plate for refrigerator
12V air cooled refrigeration compressor and holding plate for freezer
Large top and front loading fridge/freezer compartment
Regal propane 3 burner gimballed stove/oven
Marinetics propane solenoid control
(2) 20 lb aluminum propane tanks in propane locker (certified 2016)
Double stainless sink with hot/cold pressure water
Manual fresh and raw water, filtered water tap, soap dispenser
Seagull water filter
(4) Alpenglow red/white compact fluorescent lights
Aqua Signal Series 32 tricolor light/anchor light with LED bulb (new 2016)
Aqua Signal Series 32 bow and stern lights with LED bulbs
Masthead VHF antenna
Masthead Windex wind direction indicator
Forespar "Lightening Master" static dissipator at masthead
(2) B&G Triton (wind, speed, depth) displays in cockpit (new 2015) with NEMA 2000 backbone and new speed/depth transducer
Ryamarine ST4000+autopilot with Alpha 4404 below deck linear drive
Standard Horizon VHF radio
6" Plath binnacle compass
Wifi booster antenna on stern pole
At navigation station:
Raymarine C70 radar/chartplotter with 2KW radome on mast
Icom IC-M502 VHF radio with masthead antenna
Icom IC-M802 SSB radio with insulated backstay antenna and AT-140 tuner
Pactor PTC-IIusb modem
Weems & Plath digital recording barometer
Sony AM/FM/CD player with salon and cockpit speakers
Sharp flat screen TV on main bulkhead-port
Hand bearing compass in mount at nav station
Weems & Plath ship's clock on barometer on main bulkhead - starboard
12v DC and 120v AC electrical systems
Bass 12VD and 120V AC switch/breaker panel with AC & DC analog volt and ammeters
30 amp 120V shore power inlet and cord
(6) 6V AGM 6V 190 amp hour batteries in house bank (new 2015)
Balmar Model 912-100 12V 100 amp externally regulated alternator
Alpha smart regulator for alternator
(2) Shell Ultra 85P 85 watt solar panels with Kisae SC 1220LD controller (new 2016)
Air X wind generator with stern mounting pole
(2) Battery rotary isolation/combining switches
Magnum Energy MangaSine inverter/charter 120V/2800 watts, 120 amps 12V with remote control panel at nav station (new 2015)
Xantrex Link Lite 12V battery monitor
Promariner shorepower galvanic isolator and monitor
12v DC and 120v AC outlets
Westerbeke 46 hp at 3000 rpm diesel engine (3400 hours)
Hurth HBW 150V 2.13:1 "V" drive transmission
1 3/4" Stainless steel propellor shaft
18" Three blade feathering Max-prop
Racor 500FG primary fuel filter
Remote oil filter in lazarette
Aluminum fuel tanks (55 gallons) below salon sole
Aluminum fuel tank (52 gallons) below quarter berth
(2) Stainless steel water tanks (120 gallons total) below salon settees
Hart Tank tender level measurement system for water and fuel tanks
12V Shurflo water pressure pump
Manual fresh water and salt water foot pumps at galley
Raritan 6 gallon hot water heater
12V Pur PowerSurvivor watermaker (needs service)
Whale manual bilge pump in cockpit
12V Electric bilge pump
Wilcox Chrittenden "Skipper II" marine toilet
27 gallon fiberglass holding tank (below "V" berth)
Shurflo 12V salt water washdown pump
Espar D5LM diesel forced air cabin heater
"Royal Venture's" hull is white with a grey sheer stripe, dark blue boot stripe and blue bottom paint. The deck and cabin top are white with molded-in diamond pattern non-skid in slightly contrasting light grey. Oversized stanchions with double lifelines surround the wide side decks. The cockpit is easily entered from the side decks, nice handholds along the port and starboard sides of the dodger. Solid stainless steel handrails run from the stern pushpit to the midship's boarding gate. Cockpit seating is comfortable with tall seat backs. On deck storage is ample and well conceived – a large lazarette is accessed via the port side cockpit seat or aft starboard seat. This space is nicely configured as a storage and mechanical space, with access to the refrigeration and heating systems, hot water heater, steering gear and autopilot, engine raw water sea strainer and remote oil filter and port side of the engine compartment.
Teak grab rails run forward along the cabin top. The decks are surrounded by a low bulwark topped with a slotted aluminum toe rail. Forward, the deck is clean and flat, providing excellent working space. The windlass is mounted flush on deck and there is a deep locker for a fluke type anchor.
"Royal Venture's" hull is constructed of hand laid fiberglass sandwiched Airex foam core using Knytex fiberglass and vinylester resin. The lead keel is encapsulated in fiberglass and integral with the hull eliminating the need for keelbolts. The rudder is double sandwiched fiberglass over stainless steel frame. The deck is hand laid fiberglass over end-grain balsa core and joined to the hull at a slightly raised bulward with 3M5200 sealant and stainless steel bolts and an aluminum toe rail. Deck drains drains and genoa tracks are recessed.
A custom feature on this particular N400 is the spade rudder with oversized rudder shaft and Harken roller bearings. This makes "Royal Venture" much more responsive and easier to steer by hand and autopilot.
The reverse transom has a molded in swim step and fold down stainless steel swim ladder. Stainless steel grab rails are on each side of the swim step. The swim ladder can be deployed from the water for safety.
Dual stainless steel anchor rollers
60 lb Bruce anchor with 200' of 5/16" chain
Danforth anchor in molded well
150 nylon line and 30’ chain
2nd Danforth anchor in stern locker
Maxwell Nilsson vertical capstan anchor windlass with foot control
Anchor washdown pump and bow outlet
Edson binnacle with stainless steel destroyer wheel
Blue yacht acryllic dodger with window covers by Artful Dodger in Pt. Townsend, WA
Blue yacht acryllic bimini
Blue yacht acryllic spray cloths for cockpit sides and stern pushpit
Blue yacht acryllic mainsail cover, binnacle, windlass, handrail and solar panels
Blue yacht acryllic stem to stern deck awning
Stainless stanchions with double lifelines and boarding gates to port and starboard
Aluminum double spreader mast painted with white LPU
1 x 19 Wire rope stainless steel standing rigging with Norseman terminals(replaced in 2005 by Brian Toss Rigging in Pt. Townsend, WA)
Removable baby stay with quick release lever
Harken headsail furler
Navtec hydraulic boom vang, backstay, and mainsail flattener controlled by Navtec pump and panel in cockpit (flattener and vang cylinders rebuilt in 2015, backstay cylinder rebuilt 2016).
EZ jacks for mainsail flaking
Full batten mainsail with three reef points
135% Genoa with padded luff for reefing and UV sun cover
Symmetric spinnaker with control sock
(2) Barient self tailing two speed primary winches on coaming
(2) Barient self tailing two speed winches on cabin top aft
(2) Barient self tailing halyard winches on mast
Harken 4:1 mainsheet traveller
Running backstays with Lewmar 4:1 block and tackle
Adjustable genoa cars set well inboard
Spinnaker pole stored on mast
Avon 9 ft roll up inflatable dinghy. Inflatable floor and keel with blue yacht acrylic storage bag (all inflating valves replaced in 2016)
Mercury 3.5 hp four stroke outboard engine (new, never used)
Outbound motor storage bracket on stern pushpit
Lifesling in canvas bag on stern pushpit
MOM 8A man overboard device (needs inspection)
Man overboard pole stored in integral hull storage tube with transom opening
Dock lines and fenders
Fishing rod holder on stern rail
CO and smoke alarms (new 2015)
EPIRB (new battery 2015)
Revere Coastal Commander 2.0 6 person liferaft (mfg 5/26/15, next service due 5/26/18) with deck cradle
High bilge level alarm (new 2015)